Business Resources

Business Resources

Santa Barbara County has begun the reopening of specified, low-risk businesses as of Friday, May 8, 2020. Information provided in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-60-20 provides guidance regarding the criteria and procedures with which Santa Barbara County is moving through Stage 2 of the Governor’s 4-Stage Process.

A limited number of businesses are now able to reopen with appropriate modifications and safeguards in place. Businesses permitted to reopen with the appropriate modifications and safeguards include:

Limited Openings with Modifications*

As of 5/8/2020

See: Health Officer Order No. 2020-8.1 for more details

Curbside Retail Including:

 ·         Antique Stores

·         Book Stores

·         Clothing Stores

·         Florists

·         Home and Furnishing Stores

·         Jewelry Stores

·         Music Stores

·         Shoe Stores

·         Sporting Goods Stores

·         Toy Stores

As of 5/12/2020

·         Office Workspaces (where teleworking is not possible)

·         Outdoor Museums

·         Pet Grooming

·         Car Washes (Self-Serve/Drive-Through Only)

·         Landscaping

As of 5/21/2020

See: Health Officer Order No. 2020-8.2 for more details

Destination Retail including :
·         Shopping Malls

·         Swap Meets

·         Antique Stores

·         Book Stores

·         Clothing Stores

·         Florists

·         Home and Furnishing Stores

·         Jewelry Stores

·         Music Stores

·         Shoe Stores

·         Sporting Goods Store, and

·         Toy Stores

and

·         Dine-In Restaurants

As of 5/26/2020

See: Health Officer Order No. 2020-8.3 for more details

Limited In-Person Faith-Based and Cultural Ceremonies

·         Places of Worship (for services only, and with capacity requirements, social distancing protocols, and modifications in place)
·         Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies (including funerals and with capacity requirements, social distancing protocols, and modifications in place)

Limited In-Person Graduation Ceremonies

Limited Personal Care Establishments

·         Barbershops

·         Hair Salons

These businesses will be open in the appropriate, limited capacity only and must maintain physical distancing protocols for staff and customers. Supply chains supporting the above businesses, in manufacturing and logistical sectors may also reopen while adhering to physical distancing guidelines.

Helpful resources for businesses:

Additional statewide Industry Guidance in line with the Governor’s 4-Stage Process has been provided for businesses that have been permitted to open per Santa Barbara County health rules.

Social Distancing Protocol to provide guidance and resources for businesses falling in this Phase 2 Category. Low-risk businesses will be able to reopen safely while adhering to physical distancing guidelines provided by the Governor and the Santa Barbara County Health Officer.

Social Distancing Sign [ English and Español ]

SBC Workplace Readiness Checklist for Essential Businesses

COVID-19 Business Resource Guide

Federal, state and local assistance programs are available to small business owners, employers, employees and residents. The County is organizing the information and will announce a single website on how to stay informed as new programs and policies are announced. As of March 18, Santa Barbara County is eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans. In addition, the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board just released the COVID-19 Business Resource Guide” to help businesses. It’s just the start to helping our community recover from economic and emotional impacts associated with the pandemic. 


Social Distancing Protocol Resources

Required Signage

Additional Signage Resources

Employer Guidance

Employers: Consider offering flexible leave and telework policies. Make it easier for your staff to stay home when they’re sick or caring for a sick family member.

Additional resources: